This afternoon, Mike and I headed down to Seattle from Marysville for an engagement photography session. It was rainy and nasty outside, but that was no big deal because we knew we’d be inside. We were heading to the Volunteer Park Conservatory up on Capitol Hill to meet our bride and groom to be. It was super humid inside, and crowded (guess a rainy Sunday in Seattle is a good day to go look at tropical flowers!). But we still had a great time with Julia and Tracy. They were even good enough sports to let me drag them out in the rain for a few fun umbrella photos at the end of out session.
Listen up, kids! There’s a new Snohomish wedding venue that you’ve just got to check out! It’s called Dairyland, and it’s the newest venue from John and Amee – owners of Woodland Meadow Farms (King 5’s Best of Western WA Winner for best wedding venue for 2013!). The venue is just a hop, skip and a jump away from us here in Marysville, and is easy access from Everett, Monroe, and just a quick trip up I-5 from Seattle.
There’s something magical about a snowflake, so when it started to snow on Saturday, I just knew that I had to talk my bride and groom for the day into going outside to take a couple photos in it. Luckily, Allison and Rob are awesome, and they were more than happy to make a quick dash outside in order to let me capture the magic. There wasn’t anything sticking to the ground, and there wasn’t a ton of snow coming down either… but you can see the flakes kissing their hair and floating through the air, and I love it. It isn’t every day you get a snowy wedding day in Everett, WA!
Last night Mike and I had a consultation with a wonderful couple whose wedding we will be photographing this August. During our conversation, the bride thanked me for something that we’ve heard many times over the last couple years – including people who aren’t “supermodel material” in our portfolio and showing that everyone can be beautiful. On top of that, she thanked me for including the images prominently on my website and not hiding them in some dark corner. She told us that she had done her comparison shopping carefully before meeting with us. Knowing that just made me stop to think about how hard it is to find photos of plus size brides out there, especially in use as portfolio material. For that matter, what about larger grooms? Or interracial couples? Or same sex couples? So I went looking.
The last couple weeks Mike and I have been busy participating in a couple local wedding shows. One was at The Manor in Everett, the other was out at Countryside Meadows in Arlington. Both shows had lots of great vendors, and when I had a chance I snuck away from the booth to grab some photos.
Marriage Equality is a big deal. A really big deal. Our brides Sara and Jill couldn’t agree more, and this fall they finally made legal in Washington state what they’d already done in Canada in 2007. They invited their family and friends to celebrate with them as they tied the knot stateside in a more or less traditional Jewish ceremony.
Brass knuckles theme? Check. Lightning bolt light-up 7.5 inch platform heels? Check. 180 year old family heirloom veil? Check. Custom made dress with actual corset top? Check. Top hat and Tails? Check. Flowers provided by the local women’s prison? Check. Bridal portraits on a motorcycle? Check. Homemade moonshine? Check. A toast wishing the couple as many happy years as total combined tattoos? Check.
A totally sweet series of pictures that I’m totally jealous aren’t of me!
In 2012, I had the priviledge of photographing this beautiful couple while they were still the the throes of just-engaged bliss. We decided to go out to the lighthouse in Mukilteo because it was a nice scenic area with lots of variety. The bride-to-be looked stunning in her white sundress, while the future groom looked cool and casual. The white brick walls on the adjacent building provided a perfect backdrop for some fun, more urban moments.